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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
The term "pilsener" is widely used to describe a number of beers available on the market. According to German criteria for a true pilsener, however, the vast majority of them would be unrecognizable as such. By this definition, a pilsener is a lager beer with a light golden color (5-8 color units by European Brewers Convention standards), a specific gravity in the 11.5-12.5% Plato range, and a hops content of at least 28 EBUs (European Bitter Units). Most so-called domestic "pilseners" fall far short in these categories; Bayern Pilsener easily meets all three (6 color units, 12% Plato, 34 EBUs). What does all this technical jargon mean? It means you have purchased one of the very few authenic pilseners brewed in America. Reward yourself by enjoying this beer the way it was meant to be served: pour your cold Bayern Pilsener, in two or three slow steps, into the center of your glass (a fluted or "tulip" glass works best). The thick creamy head (the German term for this is "crown") and you have just created the mark of a classic Bavarian pilsener. It is functional, too - the crown holds finely distributed natural carbonation inside the glass and acts as a shelter for this beers distintive, hoppy flavor.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (5077) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Draft at Oregon Brewers Festival, Portland, OR. Small white head that mostly diminished, virtually no lacing, minimal carbonation, transparent, and a yellow hue. Nose was malty,hoppy and grassy. Flavor was mildly malty, hoppy, crisp, and hints of citrus. Tingly mouthfeel and medium body. Quaffable and good given the style which I am not a big fan of. Worthy of a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (4237) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Bottle Pours a hazy light golden witha fizzy white head. Spotty lacing. Light pilsner malt aroma. Just enough citurs zing to compliment. Mild soft malts, a little metallic note and a quite lively palatte. Crisp quick finish. Not bad for a style I have trouble with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2007
As usual, this Montana beer finds its way into my glass courtesy of the most generous Skyview. A slightly hazy dark yellow beer with a solid grainy nose and a little bit of hops. The grain in the body tasted a little stale and the hops yeilded a somewhat metallic taste, but that was ever so faint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Thanks to Skyview for sharing. Pours a lightly cloudy straw yellow with a small quickely receding white head. Nice banana, as well as some sweet citrusy fruit, ans a slight flroal hoppiness. Kinda watery mouthfeel, but a nice floral hop bite. There is also a kinda funky stale bread flavor. Not terrible, but not too great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (6045) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2007
This draft brew from the Oregon Brewers festival poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a slightly hazy yellow colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was hoppy malty and banana. The crisp mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of malt and mild hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Draft at the Iron Horse in Missoula, MT. Clear light gold under a small white head. Nice Pils type aroma: grainy, biscuity, and floral. Body is medium, carbonation to match, and a clean, dry mouth feel. Well balanced between a thirst quenching, crisp bitterness and a light grainy sweetness. This was obviously fresh, and well crafted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5866) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Bayern Pilsener (unfiltered):
On draught at the Bayern brewerys tap room in Missoula, Montana. Pours a slight hazy golden blonde brew with a which white head that has an excellent retention. Aroma of light golden grain malt, grassy hops, and a touch of fruity pears. Taste is smooth, light to medium bodied with a golden grain and light citrus flavor. Finish still has some carbonation texture with slight bitterness and a gritty grain aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Very nice pils that just has a strong crisp and grassy finish that takes the edge off a hot day. Well built with a dry straw like maltiness, subtle, but enough to hold up to the nice finishing hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bhensonb (14881) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
Aroma of grassy hop, slight malt. Clear light gold color, with a very slight white head. Starts sweet, develops a little body as the carbonation leaves, finishes rather balanced with the hop finally coming forth. Pretty good, though more bitter would fit the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6579) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Draft at the brewery taproom; Poured in the traditional slow style (nice!), this has a classice German visual appeal -- golden grain, bubbly, with a nice bright poofy head. Sharp hoppy aroma. Silky smooth and sharply, almost puckeringly, bitter. Classic German pils, reminiscent of a good ol Bitburger stubie. (#2929, 5/19/2007)

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